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David Backes, C, STL1/30/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Blues center David Backes scored a goal versus the Hurricanes on Friday.
Insight: Backes gave St. Louis a, 2-0, lead just over three minutes into the game, but the Blues didn't score again. Carolina came back to tie it, and St. Louis won in a shootout, 3-2. Backes has 17 goals and 18 assists in 47 games this season.
Cam Ward, G, CAR1/30/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward played extremely well on Friday versus the Blues.
Insight: After starter Anton Khudobin allowed two goals on the first five shots of the game, Ward replaced Khudobin and stopped the bleeding. He actually did more than that as Ward did not allow another score, making 29 shots. Unfortunately, he didn't get the victory over Carolina lost in the shootout.
Jake Allen, G, STL1/30/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: Blues goalie Jake Allen made 26 saves in the shootout victory over the Hurricanes on Friday.
Insight: Allen stopped 26-of-28 shots in regulation and overtime. He improved to 14-5-2 with the victory.
Chris Kunitz, LW, PIT1/30/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz scored a power-play goal in Friday's overtime victory in New Jersey.
Insight: New Jersey frustrated Pittsburgh all night, keeping them off the scoreboard for nearly 57 minutes despite the Penguins having the puck in the Devils zone for much of the game. The Penguins finally broke through on the power play when Kunitz drove home a loose puck in front of the net. Pittsburgh won in overtime, 2-1. Kunitz has 15 goals and 16 assists in 41 games this season.
Cory Schneider, G, NJD1/30/2015 9:41:00 PM
Description: Devils goal Cory Schneider played an excellent game on Friday and nearly had a shutout, but he suffered for a home loss.
Insight: Schneider was less than four minutes away from a shutout versus the Penguins when Peter Harrold took a high-sticking penalty. Pittsburgh scored on the power play and then won in overtime. Schneider made 41 saves in the loss.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT1/30/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury didn't see much work in the Pittsburgh overtime victory over New Jersey on Friday.
Insight: Fleury stopped 13-of-14 shots as Pittsburgh outshot New Jersey, 43-14, in the game. The victory is Fleury's 23rd of the season as he improves to 23-10-5 this season.
Jori Lehtera, C, STL1/30/2015 2:18:00 PM
Description: Blues center Jori Lehtera suffered an upper-body injury on Thursday and will not play in Friday's game against Carolina.
Insight: Lehtera has been solid this season with nine goals and 21 assists along with a +15 rating. Paul Stastny is expected to center the line between Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz.
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, STL1/29/2015 11:05:00 PM
Description: Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the game-winning shootout goal versus the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: That stat won't count towards the fantasy totals, but Shattenkirk did have eight shots on net and an assist in regulation and overtime. The Blues won, 5-4. Shattenkirk has eight goals and 32 assists with a plus-17 rating in 47 games this season.
Jaden Schwartz, LW, STLHot1/29/2015 11:03:00 PM
Description: Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz scored a goal against the Predators on Thursday.
Insight: Schwartz got the scoring going for St. Louis, who scored four goals in the second period. Nashville tied the game at the end of regulation, but St. Louis won in a shootout, 5-4. Schwartz has 16 goals and 21 assists in 40 games this season.
Mike Fisher, C, NAS1/29/2015 11:00:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher scored a pair of goals in Thursday's loss to the Blues.
Insight: Fisher scored on the power play and shorthanded. James Neal tied the game for Nashville late in the third period, but St. Louis won in a shootout, 5-4. Fisher has 11 goals and 10 assists in 26 games this season.
Trevor Daley, D, DAL1/29/2015 10:30:00 PM
Description: Stars defenseman Trevor Daley scored an insurance goal in the Stars victory over the Senators on Thursday.
Insight: Daley had an empty-net goal to make it, 5-3. Dallas added another empty-net score and won, 6-3. Daley also had two assists. He has 12 goals and 12 assists in 45 games this season.
Bobby Ryan, LW, OTT1/29/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Senators winger Bobby Ryan scored a goal and an assist versus the Stars on Thursday.
Insight: Ryan helped Ottawa get back into the game as the Senators fell behind, 3-0. Ryan assisted Mika Zibanejab's goal and then added his own power-play goal to make the game, 3-2, at the end of the first period. Ottawa then tied it at the beginning of the third period, but Dallas scored again and then added two empty-net goals. Ryan has 13 goals and 22 assists in 44 games this season.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL1/29/2015 10:25:00 PM
Description: Stars winger Jamie Benn had a pair of goals in the, 6-3, victory over the Senators on Thursday.
Insight: Benn scored a power-play goal to start the game and then added an empty-net score to seal the victory. Benn has 16 goals and 28 assists in 48 games this season.
Sam Gagner, C, ARI1/29/2015 10:23:00 PM
Description: Coyotes center Sam Gagner scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's victory over the Maple Leafs.
Insight: Gagner assisted Martin Hanzal's go-ahead goal, and then Gagner's power-play score sealed the victory. Gagner has eight goals and 16 assists in 47 games this season.
Phil Kessel, RW, TOR1/29/2015 10:21:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel scored a goal on Thursday.
Insight: Kessel scored the first goal of the game, but Arizona notched three unanswered goal to end the game. Kessel amassed six shots on net. He has 20 goals and 25 assists in 50 games this season.
Mike Smith, G, ARI1/29/2015 10:19:00 PM
Description: What has gotten into Coyotes goalie Mike Smith?
Insight: OK, we shouldn't get too excited, but he has looked good in his last two games since the break. Smith posted a .929 save percentage on Tuesday and then allowed just one goal on 25 shots versus the Maple Leafs on Thursday. Unfortunately, Smith only won one of those games.
Cedric Paquette, C, TAM1/29/2015 10:15:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Cedric Paquette scored a hat trick versus the Red Wings on Thursday.
Insight: Paquette scored two goals in the first period and then added a short-handed goal in the second period for the hat trick. He isn't really fantasy relevant, though, as one-third of his goals this season came in this game.
Darren Helm, C, DET1/29/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Red Wings center Darren Helm scored a goal on Thursday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it was Detroit's only goal as the Red Wings lost, 5-1. Helm has nine goals and 12 assists in 49 games this season.
Ben Bishop, G, TAM1/29/2015 10:12:00 PM
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop allowed just one goal as Tampa Bay blew out the first place Detroit Red Wings, 5-1.
Insight: The victory actually puts Tampa Bay back in first place of the Atlantic division with 66 points. Bishop made 27 saves to pick up his 25th victory of the season.
Jonathan Huberdeau, C, FLA1/29/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal during Thursday's victory over the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Huberdeau scored the game-tying goal in the second period as the Panthers won, 3-2. Huberdeau has nine goals and 17 assists in 43 games this season.
Curtis McElhinney, G, CLB1/29/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney is playing pretty well replacing the injured starter Sergei Bobrovsky in net.
Insight: McElhinney made 25 saves on Tuesday and another 28 saves on 31 shots Thursday. Unfortunately, the Blue Jackets were able to score enough to win Thursday as Columbus lost, 3-2. McElhinney is 5-7-1 this season.
Roberto Luongo, G, FLA1/29/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo had a solid fantasy night on Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Luongo made 30 saves and allowed two goals in the victory. Sean Bergenheim scored in the third period to lift Florida to the win. Luongo is 18-11-8 this season.
Max Pacioretty, LW, MON1/29/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty scored late in the third period to lift Montreal to a, 1-0, victory over the Rangers.
Insight: Pacioretty scored on passes from Dale Weise and Alexei Emelin. He has 22 goals and 17 assists in 47 games this season. He has also posted a plus-23 rating.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR1/29/2015 9:51:00 PM
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed just one goal but lost to the Rangers, 1-0.
Insight: Lundqvist made 25 saves, allowing only Max Pacioretty to scored late in the third period. With the loss, Lundqvist falls to 23-11-3.
Carey Price, G, MON1/29/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price recorded his third shutout of the season as Montreal beat New York, 1-0, on Thursday.
Insight: Price made 24 saves as he blanked the Rangers and beat Henry Lundqvist. Price is 26-10-2 this season.
Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI1/29/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds had a goal and an assist in the, 5-2, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: Simmonds scored on the power play in the first period and then assisted Brayden Schenn's goal in the third period that extended the Philadelphia lead to, 4-2. Simmonds has 18 goals and 13 assists in 50 games this season.
Mathieu Perreault, C, ANA1/29/2015 9:46:00 PM
Description: Jets center Mathieu Perreault scored a pair of goals versus the Flyers on Thursday.
Insight: Perreault hadn't scored since his four goal game on Jan. 13, so it was great to see Perreault find the back of the net again. He has eight goals this month.
Steve Mason, G, PHI1/29/2015 9:44:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason had 36 saves in the, 5-2, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: It was nice to see Mason continue to play well after he allowed just one goal in relief of Ray Emery on Tuesday. Mason has allowed just three goals in the last 61 shots he has faced.
Milan Lucic, LW, BOS1/29/2015 9:39:00 PM
Description: Bruins winger Milan Lucic had a goal and two assists versus the Islanders on Thursday.
Insight: Lucic had a great night assisting Reilly Smith and Torey Krug's goals and then capped off the night with an empty-net goal. Lucic was plus-three on the night. He has 10 goals and 18 assists in 48 games this season.
John Tavares, C, NYI1/29/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares had a point on each of New York's two goals on Thursday.
Insight: Unfortunately, the Islanders only scored two goals and lost to the Bruins, 5-2. Tavares had a goal and an assist with an incredible nine shots on goal. He has 48 points in 48 games.
Tuukka Rask, G, BOS1/29/2015 9:36:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had a great fantasy night on Thursday.
Insight: Rask made 43 saves to lead the Bruins to a, 5-2, victory over the Islanders. The victory improves Rask's record to 21-11-7 this season.
Pekka Rinne, G, NAS1/29/2015 4:02:00 PM
Description: Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (knee injury) skated before the team's practice on Thursday.
Insight: Rinne was expected to miss 3-to-5 weeks and we are finishing Week 2. He has been fantastic this season, going 29-6-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .931 save percentage.
Joffrey Lupul, LW, TOR1/29/2015 3:58:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul is expected to be activate for Thursday's game.
Insight: Lupul has missed the last 11 games due to a lower body injury. He amassed nine goals and eight assists for 17 points in the first 26 games. He could play on a line with Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS1/28/2015 10:55:00 PM
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had a pair of goals versus Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Ovechkin has gotten the better of Sid the Kid twice this season as the Penguins have failed to score in two games versus Washington. Ovechkin was plus-one with five shots on net. He has 29 goals and 16 assists in 48 games this season.
Braden Holtby, G, WAS1/28/2015 10:54:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby shut out the Penguins again on Wednesday.
Insight: Holtby and the Capitals have faced the Penguins twice this season and have shut them out both times, outscoring them 7-0. Holtby made 27 saves in the shutout and picked up his 23rd victory of the season.
James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR1/28/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs left winger James van Riemsdyk scored a goal during Wednesday's loss against the Devils.
Insight: van Riemsdyk led the team with eight shots on net. Toronto, however, lost to New Jersey in a shootout, 2-1. van Riemsdyk has 21 goals and 21 assists in 49 games this season.
Cory Schneider, G, NJD1/28/2015 10:24:00 PM
Description: Devils goal Cory Schneider made 29 saves in the shootout victory over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
Insight: Schneider allowed just one goal in the, 2-1, victory. He also stopped both Maple Leafs shootout attempts. Schneider is 17-19-4 this season.
Tyler Toffoli, C, LOS1/28/2015 6:49:00 PM
Description: Kings forward Tyler Toffoli is listed as probable for Wednesday's game versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Toffoli has missed the last six games with mono. If he returns, he will skate next to Dwight King and Jeff Carter. Toffoli has almost matched last season's totals in the first 41 games. He has 12 goals and 27 points against 12 goals and 29 points in 62 games last season.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT1/28/2015 6:47:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby will return on Wednesday versus the Capitals.
Insight: Crosby missed the All-Star Game and Tuesday's game versus the Jets, but he will be back on the ice Wednesday. Brandon Sutter will move back down to the third line.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN1/28/2015 9:18:00 AM
Description: Canucks goalie Ryan Miller allowed three goals during Tuesday's loss against the Ducks
Insight: Miller has now lost two straight games, and dropped his record to 23-11-1 with a 2.33 GAA and .917 save percentage.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA1/28/2015 9:16:00 AM
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen pitched a shutout Tuesday versus Vancouver.
Insight: It was not a difficullt night for Andersen, who stopped all 17 shots on goal, but he made a few big ones. He is now 27-6-5 with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage.
Rickard Rakell, C, ANA1/28/2015 9:15:00 AM
Description: Ducks center Rickard Rakell recorded two points during Tuesday's victory against the Canucks.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with four shots and a plus-one rating. Rakell is not worthy of a roster spot, as he has four goals and 15 points through 37 games.
Devan Dubnyk, G, ARI1/28/2015 9:13:00 AM
Description: Goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned thw in Tuesday against the Oilers.
Insight: He made 23 saves on 24 shots and improved his record to 12-6-2 with a 2.58 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Viktor Fasth, G, EDM1/28/2015 9:12:00 AM
Description: Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth allowed two goals during Tuesday's loss to the Wild.
Insight: He faced 29 shots on goal and played well overall, but it was not enough. Fasth is now 4-11-2 with a 3.29 GAA and .891 save percentage.
Nino Niederreiter, RW, MIN1/28/2015 9:10:00 AM
Description: Wild winger Nino Niederreiter scored a goal and was plus-two during Tuesday's victory against Edmonton.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal, but Niederreiter can be left on the waiver wire. He has 15 goals, 22 points, and a minus-12 rating through 47 games.
Johnny Gaudreau, LW, CAL1/28/2015 9:08:00 AM
Description: Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau scored twice during Tuesday's win over the Sabres.
Insight: Gaudreau has really impressed this season, and now has 15 goals and 37 points through 37 games. He is a top 90 option in standard leagues.
Chris Stewart, RW, BUF1/28/2015 9:05:00 AM
Description: Sabres winger Chris Stewart scored the team's lone goal during Tuesday's loss against the Flames.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal. Stewart is not much of a fantasy option, with just seven goalsm 16 points, and a minus-23 rating through 46 games.
Craig Smith, C, NAS1/27/2015 10:45:00 PM
Description: Predators forward Craig Smith netted the overtime winner Tuesday versus Colorado.
Insight: It was his 14th goal of the season, and Smith now has 26 points through 46 games. He is worthy of a roster spot, but does not need to be in the starting lineup every night.
Colin Wilson, C, NAS1/27/2015 10:44:00 PM
Description: Predators center Colin Wilson scored a goal and had two shots pn Tuesday night.
Insight: Wilson is a great option for fantasy owners, as he has 15 goals, 32 points, and a plus-22 rating through 44 games.
Jarome Iginla, RW, COL1/27/2015 10:42:00 PM
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored a goal during Tuesday's overtime loss against the Predators.
Insight: Iginla has been solid in first season with the Avalanche. He now has 15 goals and 32 points through 49 games this season.
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, DET1/27/2015 10:19:00 PM
Description: Detroit left wing Henrik Zetterberg scored a goal in the, 5-4, victory over Florida on Tuesday.
Insight: That was Zetterberg's 15th goal of the season. He also had 30 assists as he is just behind the ppg pace with 45 points in 48 games. Zetterberg scored 32 seconds into the second period on passes from Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
Alex Galchenyuk, LW, MON1/27/2015 10:18:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Alex Galchenyuk scored a goal during Tuesday's victory against the Stars.
Insight: He is a solid fantasy option, with 13 goals and 32 points through 46 games. Galchenyuk also has two shots on goal and a plus-one rating on the night.
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL1/27/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Stars winger Jamie Benn registered two points during Tuesday's versus Montreal.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with three shots and a plus-one rating. Benn now has 14 goals and 42 points through 47 games this season.
Aleksander Barkov, C, FLA1/27/2015 10:17:00 PM
Description: Panthers center Alexsander Barkov scored a goal and two assists versus the Red Wings on Tuesday.
Insight: Barkov has been very disappointing this season. Including Tuesday, Barkov has five goals and nine assists in 34 games. That's not cutting it for a guy who was supposed to be a fantasy sleeper heading into the season.
Luke Glendening, C, DET1/27/2015 10:14:00 PM
Description: Red Wings right winger Luke Glendening scored a pair of goals in what is the biggest scoring night of his young NHL career.
Insight: Glendening scored just one goal in 56 games last season and surpassed that total with two goals on Tuesday. Owners still shouldn't rush to the waiver wire to pick up Glendening, though, as he has just six goals and three assists in 48 games this season.
Anton Khudobin, G, CAR1/27/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin picked up a victory over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin made 28 saves and allowed just two goals as Carolina won, 4-2. Khudobin is just 6-8-2 this season but his other numbers, 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage are better than Cam Ward's totals. Therfore, if owners have to own a Hurricanes' netminder, it should be Khudobin.
Cedric Paquette, C, TAM1/27/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Lightning center Cedric Paquette scored a goal on Tuesday versus the Hurricanes.
Insight: It wasn't a very good night for the regular fantasy stars in Tampa Bay. Paquette was just one of three players with a plus-rating, and he had the highest rating at plus-two. Additionally, only two other skaters had more shots on net than Paquette on Tuesday. He had three shots. His performance, however, probably didn't help many fantasy owners.
Jordan Staal, C, CAR1/27/2015 10:05:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes center Jordan Staal had two assists in the victory over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Insight: Staal assisted his brother's goal 22 seconds into the game and then Justin Faulk's power-play goal in the second period. Staal has been disappointing as he missed a lot of time this season with injuries, but he has a goal and seven assists in 11 games.
Wayne Simmonds, RW, PHI1/27/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds was the hero for Philadelphia on Tuesday night.
Insight: He scored a power-play goal, and also lit the lamp in the shootout to give Philadelphia the win. Simmonds now has 17 goals and 29 points through 49 games.
Martin Erat, LW, ARI1/27/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: Coyotes left wing Martin Erat recorded two points during Tuesday's shootout loss against the Flyers.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with five shots and a plus-two rating. Erat can still be left on the waiver wire, with seven goals, 21 points, and a minus-10 rating.
John Tavares, C, NYI1/27/2015 9:45:00 PM
Description: Islanders center John Tavares lit the lamp during Tuesday's win against the Rangers.
Insight: After scoring four goals in the All-Star Game, Tavares continued where he left off by scoring his 22nd goal of the season. He now has 46 points through 47 games.
Carl Hagelin, LW, NYR1/27/2015 9:43:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Carl Hagelin scored the team's lone goal during Tuesday's loss to the Islanders.
Insight: Hagelin is not a relevant option, as he now has 10 goals and 19 points through 45 games this season.
Ryan Johansen, C, CLB1/27/2015 9:37:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen scored a goal during Tuesday's victory over the Capitals.
Insight: He also had six shots on goal and a plus-three rating on the night. Johansen now has 18 goals and 44 points through 46 games.
David Perron, LW, PIT1/27/2015 9:36:00 PM
Description: Penguins left wing David Perron continued his hot start in Pittsburgh, scoring a goal and an assist in the victory on Tuesday.
Insight: Perron has six goals and three assists in nine games with Pittsburgh. Before the trade, Perron had five goals in 38 games with Edmonton. It's safe to say he is fitting in nicely with the Penguins.
Troy Brouwer, RW, WAS1/27/2015 9:35:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored a goal during Tuesday's loss against Columbus.
Insight: He was also plus-two on the night, and now has 13 goals and 24 points through 47 games this season.
Evander Kane, LW, WIN1/27/2015 9:32:00 PM
Description: Jets left winger Evander Kane had three assists versus the Penguins on Tuesday.
Insight: Unfortunately that wasn't enough as Winnipeg dropped its 14th straight in Pittsburgh. That streak goes all the way back to when the franchise was the Atlanta Thrashers. Kane has 10 goals and 12 assists in 34 games this season.
Kris Letang, D, PIT1/27/2015 9:31:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had a big night in his return on Tuesday, recording an assist on every single Pittsburgh goal.
Insight: Letang had five assists in Pittsburgh's, 5-3, victory over Winnipeg. Three of the assists came in the third period with two of them on the power play and the last one on an empty-net goal. Letang has nine goals and 28 assists in 41 games this season.
Ray Emery, G, PHI1/27/2015 9:23:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Ray Emery started Tuesday's game, but was pulled after letting up two goals on four shots.
Insight: Steve Mason replaced him, and will likely continue to see the majority of starts moving forward.
Patric Hornqvist, RW, PIT1/27/2015 7:08:00 PM
Description: Penguins right winger Patric Hornqvist will return to the ice on Tuesday against the Jets.
Insight: Hornqvist missed nearly a month with a lower body injury. He will be a nice boost to the Penguins lineup that will be missing Evgeni Malkin for the first time this season. Hornqvist has 13 goals and 16 assists in 33 games this season.
Anton Khudobin, G, CAR1/27/2015 5:20:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin will start on Tuesday.
Insight: Khudobin went into the break having allowed two or fewer goals in each of this last six starts. He has a 2.32 GAA and .916 save percentage in 16 games this season. If owners need goalie help, Khudobin could provide some.
Taylor Hall, LW, EDM1/27/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Oilers left winger Taylor Hall (leg) will likely miss Tuesday's game.
Insight: He was injured during Monday's practice, and will undergo testing to find out how severe the injury is. Benoit Pouliot will likely take Hall's place on Edmonton's top line.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT1/27/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Penguins center Sidney Crosby practices in Pittsburgh's morning skate, but isn't eligible to play on Tuesday. after missing the Al-Star game.
Insight: He's likely to play Wednesday, however. Crosby ow has 15 goals and 51 points through 43 games this season, though scoreless in the last two.
Dion Phaneuf, D, TOR1/26/2015 4:02:00 PM
Description: Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf is out for the next few games due to an upper body injury, according to the team's site.
Insight: Phaneuf hould be considered week-to-week. With two goals and 20 assists in 48 games this season, he has low-end fantasy value only.
Kyle Okposo, RW, NYI1/26/2015 3:55:00 PM
Description: Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo missed Monday's practice due to an upper-body injury and could miss 6-8 weeks, according to the Islanders' official Twitter account.
Insight: Okposo has teamed nicely with John Tavares and has 14 goals and 44 points through 46 games. Tavares practiced with Josh Bailey and Mikhail Grabovski this morning.
Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CLB1/26/2015 2:22:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a groin injury he suffered a week ago.
Insight: Bobrovsky is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage. The team has recalled Anton Forsberg to backup Curtis McElhinney (4-6-1, 2.98 GAA, .907 save percentage).
Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CLB1/22/2015 3:55:00 PM
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will not attend the All-Star Game due to a lower-body injury he suffered Wednesday night.
Insight: Bobrovsky doesn't have a timetable to return. It would have been cool to see Bobrovsky in front of the home crowd in Columbus for the All-Star game, but he really doesn't have All-Star worthy numbers. He is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Tomas Hertl, C, SJS1/22/2015 3:26:00 PM
Description: Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will play in the AHL over the All-Star break according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Insight: Hertl did not get a normal offseason to train because of injuries last summer, so this is just a move to get the forward more ice time. He will return to the NHL after the break.
Kris Letang, D, PIT1/22/2015 3:23:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will undergo further tests for a concussion according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: The All-Star break has hit the Penguins at the right time as the team is on a four-game losing streak and superstars Letang and Evgeni Malkin both suffered injuries on Tuesday. Letang will likely not be available for Pittsburgh's first game back after the break.
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT1/22/2015 2:01:00 PM
Description: Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is unsure if Evgeni Malkin will return immediately after the All-Star break according to Bleacher Report. UPDATE: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazett reports Malkin will not return immediately after the All-Star break. The team should have a better time frame by Monday.
Insight: This is an update from a note earlier. Malkin missed his first game of the season on Wednesday after suffering an undisclosed injury versus the Flyers on Tuesday. Malkin will not participate in All-Star weekend coming up and could be out longer.
Kris Versteeg, RW, CHI1/22/2015 1:59:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right winger Kris Versteeg could be sidelined longer than originally anticipated according to the Chicago Trbune.
Insight: Versteeg has been out since Jan. 1 with a hand injury. He was supposed to be out four weeks, but coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday that, "It's probably going to be a little bit more than that."
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT1/22/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not participate in the All-Star festivities this weekend according to Sportsnet.
Insight: Malkin suffered an undisclosed injury on Tuesday versus the Flyers. As expected, the Penguins are being cautious, and fantasy owners don't mind one bit.
Antti Niemi, G, SJS1/22/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Sharks netminder Antti Niemi allowed two goals in Wednesday's victory over the Kings.
Insight: Niemi is 19-11-5 this season with a 2.57 GAA and .912 save percentage.
Patrick Marleau, C, SJS1/22/2015 10:37:00 AM
Description: Sharks center Patrick Marleau scored a goal and an assist on Wednesday versus the Kings.
Insight: Marleau has nine goals and 24 assists in 48 games, but his minus-10 rating is hurting fantasy owners.
Logan Couture, C, SJS1/22/2015 10:32:00 AM
Description: Sharks center Logan Couture led San Jose passed Los Angeles, 4-2, on Wednesday.
Insight: Couture had two goals and an assist versus the Kings. He scored in the first period and assisted Patrick Marleau's power-play goal in the second period. Then in the third period, Couture scored an unassisted empty-netter. Couture has 18 goals and 24 assists in 48 games this season.
Corey Perry, RW, ANA1/22/2015 10:29:00 AM
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry had two assists and a plus-three rating versus the Flames on Wednesday.
Insight: Perry assisted Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler's scores in th third period. Perry has 19 goals and 12 assists with a plus-15 rating in 32 games this season.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, ANAHot1/22/2015 10:27:00 AM
Description: Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf scored and led the team with four shots on net versus the Flames.
Insight: Getzlaf scored in the third period. He was plus-three in the game. Getzlaf has 15 goals and 35 assists in 46 games this season.
Sean Monahan, C, CAL1/22/2015 10:26:00 AM
Description: Flames winger Sean Monahan scored a goal during Wednesday's loss versus the Ducks.
Insight: Monahan had three shots on goal and finished minus-one. Monahan has 15 goals and 15 assists in 47 games this season.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA1/22/2015 10:24:00 AM
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen allowed three goals on 33 shots versus the Flames on Wednesday.
Insight: Despite the subpar save percentage, Andersen and the Ducks won, 6-3. Andersen is 26-6-5 with a 2.30 GAA and .917 save percentage this season.
Jarome Iginla, RW, COL1/22/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla scored a goal in the, 3-2, shootout victory over his former team on Wednesday.
Insight: Iginla slipped a goal passed Boston goalie Tuukka Rask with one second left in the first period. Iginla isn't the player he used to be, but he still has 14 goals and 17 assists in 48 games.
Tuukka Rask, G, BOS1/22/2015 10:21:00 AM
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 34 saves in a loss on Wednesday.
Insight: Despite posting a .944 save percentage in regulation and overtime, Rask could not come up with the big saves in the shootout versus Colorado. Rask is 20-11-7 this season.
Semyon Varlamov, G, COL1/22/2015 10:19:00 AM
Description: Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov didn't post a high save percentage but won on Wednesday.
Insight: Varlamov has faced so many shots this season it was nice to see the defense limit the Bruins to 24 shot attempts on Wednesday. Varlamov stopped 22 of them, and Colorado won in a shootout.
Evander Kane, LW, WIN1/22/2015 10:16:00 AM
Description: Jets left winger Evander Kane scored on Wednesday versus the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Winnipeg won, 4-0. Kane has 10 goals and nine assists in 33 games this season.
Sergei Bobrovsky, G, CLB1/22/2015 10:14:00 AM
Description: Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky really struggled on Wednesday.
Insight: Bobrovsky allowed three goals on 12 shots in about 28 minutes of ice time versus the Jets. Bobrovksy has been up-and-down this season but has been very disappointing overall. He is 16-15-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Michael Hutchinson, G, WIN1/22/2015 10:10:00 AM
Description: Jets goalie Matt Hutchinson shut out the Blue Jackets, 4-0, on Wednesday.
Insight: Hutchinson made 29 saves in the shutout. He lowered his GAA to 1.90 and raised his save percentage to .935. Hutchinson is 14-4-2 this season.
Marian Hossa, RW, CHI1/22/2015 10:07:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist in the victory over his former team on Wednesday.
Insight: Hossa only spent a few months in Pittsburgh, but the fans remember. Hossa did quiet the crowd at Consol Engery Center on Wednesday with an assist on David Rundblad's goal in the first period, and then Hossa scored a power-play goal in the second period. Chicago won in a shootout.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G, PIT1/22/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 24 saves in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Wednesday.
Insight: Pittsburgh rallied from down, 2-0, to tie the game and send it into overtime. Despite picking up another point, the Penguins really could have used the victory. Pittsburgh has lost four straight games, two of which were in overtime or in a shootout. Fleury is 22-9-5 with a 2.31 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Corey Crawford, G, CHI1/22/2015 10:00:00 AM
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford made 33 saves in the, 3-2, shootout victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford also stopped both shootout attempts he faced. Crawford is 18-10-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .921 save percentage this season.
Erik Karlsson, D, OTT1/21/2015 9:55:00 PM
Description: Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson scored twice during Wednesday's victory against the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He has now scored three goals over the past two nights. He also had six shots on goal and a plus-one rating during Wednesday's win.
James van Riemsdyk, LW, TOR1/21/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Maple Leafs left winger James van Riemsdyk scored a goal during Wednesday's loss against Ottawa.
Insight: It is nice to see that he has 20 goals and 41 points, but van Riemsdyk is also minus-17 through 48 games this season.
Jacob Trouba, D, WIN1/21/2015 2:36:00 PM
Description: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will return to the ice Wednesday and play next to Jay Harrison.
Insight: Trouba has four goals and 12 assists in 31 games this season, so his fantasy impact is minimal.


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